Sending out a clear signal that it does not want to fish in troubled waters in Karnataka, the Congress on Monday said the party would perform the role of the opposition in the state.
"We accept defeat. We wish the BJP well. But we will play our democratic role of opposing, exposing and deposing the government," AICC General Secretary Prithviraj Chavan told reporters.
Chavan, who is in-charge of party affairs in the state, made it clear that the Congress would not make attempts to form government in the state where the BJP is three short of majority in the 224-member Assembly.
The AICC General Secretary's statement was significant and was expected to put a lid on attempts in Karnataka by state leaders of Congress as also those of JD-S to open talks with the independents, who hold the key to the next government.
JDS leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said in Bangalore he has spoken to four of the Congress rebels requesting them not to support BJP.
BJP leaders said the party faced no problem in enlisting the support of independents.